Vancouver is spectacular from almost any angle but I really love getting above it all when I’m taking a seaplane flight, helicopter ride, or am fortunate to do a ride-along with a traffic plane. There’s quite a bit of aviation history here in BC, as you can find in the Canadian Museum of Flight and just across the border at the Heritage Flight Museum in Bellingham. Today I found some aerial gems featuring biplanes thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives:
Archive Photos of the Day: Biplanes
1912. Wright biplane in Hastings Park. Archives# Air P47. Photograph concerns the first parachute drop from an aeroplane in Canada by “Professor” Charles Saunders.
1919. First international mail flight from Vancouver to Seattle. W.E. Boeing of Seattle leaving Vancouver. Archives# Trans P44. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.
1940. A Supermarine built “Walrus” seaplane in flight. Archives# CVA 371-356. J. Howard A. Chapman Commercial Photographer.
Between 1940 and 1948. Biplane over the Lions Gate Bridge. Archives# CVA 1376-712.
1937. Biplane of the Lions peaks. Archives# CVA 1376-713.
Between 1940 and 1948. Biplane boat stationed at Jericho. Archives# CVA 677-380. Photographer: Philip T. Timms.